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Naan Mahaan Alla - Tamil Movie Review

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Posted: 22 August 2010 at 3:18pm | IP Logged
Naan Mahaan Alla - Movie Review
Cast Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal, Jayaprakash
Banner Studio Green, Cloud Nine Movies
Director Suseenthiran
Music Yuvannshankar Raja
Release date August 20, 2010
**Naan Mahaan Alla Movie Review**
Naan Mahaan Alla - Saint strikes
IndiaGlitz  [Friday, August 20, 2010]

 Expectations ran high on 'Naan Mahan Alla' for it comes after a hat-trick success for Karthi ('Paruthi Veeran', 'Aayirathil Oruvan' and 'Paiyaa') and an impressive debut by director Sussendhran ('Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu').

What more, the movie's title does evoke a curiosity for it is inspired by a yesteryear hit of Superstar Rajnikanth. Living up to all hype is 'Nan Maahan Alla', produced by Gnanavelraja's Studio Green and released by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies.

What begins as a light-hearted fare ends with adrenaline-rushing action with blood and gore, the two things which are of late considered in Tamil cinema as essential ingredients for a commercial fare.

Jeeva (Karthi) is a cool youth who lives life in his own way. A typical Chennai youngster, for him everything is friends and fun. His father Jayaprakash (Jayaprakash), a call taxi driver showers all love and affection on him. They lead s simple life and they derive happiness in whatever they do.

One day, Jeeva comes across Priya (Kajal Agarwal) in a wedding ceremony. After few interesting encounters, they realise that they share a great rapport and propose to each other. When all things seem to go well, a murder attempt on Jeeva's father disturbs everything.

Jeeva's father had to witness a girl being taken by a gang in his car. The girl gets killed and the gentleman decides to knock the doors of justice. Sensing trouble, the gang eventually murders him.

The death of his father shatters Jeeva. He vows to revenge the killers. He sets out on a mission to identify the culprits and goes running around the town baying for their blood. How he avenges the killers form the rest.

Karthi is right there in almost all frames. He reminds one of Karthik of 'Mounam Ragam' days in the first half. Resembling the boy-next-door, he leaves an impact with his spontaneous, cool, casual looks and he speaks straight from his heart.

Giving him right company is Kajal Agarwal. Jayaprakash, after donning the role of a menacing villain in 'Vamsam', has played a caring and a dotting father. Soori of 'Vennila Kabbadi Kuzhu' does tickle the funny bone in you. The rest of the cast including Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, Neelima, Raviprakash and Rajivan are adequate

Director Sussendhran has proved Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu is not a stroke of luck. The director has yet again proved he is a master story teller. The way he blends serious incidents for a commercial entertainer is vey new. He deserves all credit for keeping up the tempo of the film breezy till the every end. As it was in his earlier film here also Suseendhran makes a hard hitting statement with a superb climax fight. Surely this director has moved up on the expectation ladder.  Just can't wait for your next film Sussendhran Sir.

Due credit should go to Yuvan Shankar Raja. The rock star has come up with a couple of catchy tunes, especially 'Oru Malai Neram…'. His re-recording adds more strength to the script. Madhie's cinematography and Kasi Viswanathan's editing add value to the work on screen. Anal Arasu deserves all kudos for stunt sequences that resemble close to reality.

On the flip side, the movie's pace slackens towards the second half. It needs some urgent trimming. Also the events unfold at predictable way especially towards the climax. All said, 'Nan Mahan Alla' should be a movie to cherish for Karthi fans. A commercial entertainer that is impressive in most parts. 

**Naan Mahaan Alla Movie Review**


After weeks of flashy trailers, ads and news reports, Studio Greens' Naan Mahaan Alla (loosely translated it means 'I am no saint') is finally here. With Karthi donning the role of a commercial hero and Kajal Aggarwal adding a dash of romance, not to mention Yuvanshankar Raja's thumping music, Naan Mahaan Alla has raised expectations to almost breaking-point. And whether director Suseenthiran's (Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu fame) most anticipated venture satisfies those expectations, well that is for you to see and judge.

Suseenthiran has the knack for taking a single line plot and developing a plausible story-line out of it. This time, aided by dialogue-writer T. Baskar Shakthi, he's come up with an intriguing one-line stpry: How life changes for a simple middle class youth, when a personal tragedy strikes? The situation certainly has enormous possibilities, and we're taken through a racy and action packed yet entertaining ride, beginning in 'Namma' Chennai.

Who is in it?

Naan Mahaan Alla is about a happy go lucky youth, Jeeva (Karthi), who cares for nothing and speaks from his heart. His father is his best companion and Jeeva's life takes a drastic change when a personal tragedy hits him.

Then we have the smart and beautiful Priya (Kajal Aggarwal), unlike many heroines she is not a bubbly type. Priya is a simple girl-next-door, which any normal city girl can relate to. She is silent and reserved.

Then we have Jayaprakash, an ideal father and a taxi driver. He is calm, collected, and incredibly affectionate but with a sense of justice that is very appealing.

What is it about?

The film opens with a gang of young drug addicts who molest a young girl on a lonely beach. Cut to our hero! Jeeva (Karthi) a happy-go-lucky middle-class guy with whom everybody can easily relate to. His hilarious one liners and speak-from-your-heart policy is loved by everyone, especially by his faithful friends. In a friend's marriage Jeeva spots a beautiful girl Priya (Kajal Aggarwal), and obviously it's love at first sight for him. After few initial encounters love blossoms between the two. The way in which Jeeva makes
Priya fall in love with him is hilarious and outstanding.

Jeeva belongs to a middle class family; father, mother and sister, he has no job but his parents, especially his father, never fails to give him money. Four months later Jeeva decides to talk to Priya's parents about their marriage. But Priya's father puts forth a condition; Jeeva should go for a job and after six months if the couple is still in love, he will accept for the marriage.

Finally Jeeva decides to go for a job as a bill collecting agent in a bank. But instead of collecting the money, he ends up emptying his pocket, watching cricket with the kids and buying sweets for children. Reason: The sad-sob story of each of the kid's family. And he ends up losing the job!

Cut back to the gang who molested a young girl! Police finds the dead body of a young girl (cut into pieces) and the investigation begins. Somehow is all this Jeeva and his father get involved and from now on starts the cruel game of survival of the fittest.

The Performances

It's Karthi, Karthi and Karthi all through the film. Naan Mahaan Alla is a beautiful film; youthful, fresh and pragmatic. It's about ordinary people and their lives. Every actor has come up with a realistic performance in typical Suseenthiran style!

The first half is racy, peppy and enthusiastic: introduce on screen a happy-go-lucky guy and a romantic, pretty girl and suddenly everything -- starting from first meeting, the lovely songs and even the marriage proposal scene -- morphs from a mundane exercise to a
thrilling adventure. The on screen chemistry between the lead pair and the genuine love between father-son is a treat to watch.

Yuvanshankar Raja's melodious tunes sooth the heart as we watch Jeeva and Priya falling hopelessly in love. The songs are beautifully picturised. Rajeevan's art work, Kasi Viswanath's sleek editing and Madhie's brilliant camerawork needs a special mention.

Karthi excels in all the areas, romance, humour, emotion, love and even the larger-than life stunt sequences. Kajal Aggarwal is pretty and appealing, but her character has notmuch to do in the second half. Jayaprakash excels with his realistic acting skills.

The verdict

Karthi's screen presence, pretty Kajal and Yuvan's songs make Naan Mahaan Alla an exciting viewing experience, though there are some loose ends to the story and some questions remain unanswered.

But on the whole Naan Mahaan Alla... worth a watch!

Reviewed by Ambili.


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Posted: 22 August 2010 at 3:21pm | IP Logged
Thanks Aishu for the reviews=)
Karthis new havent even heard so many gossip around this movie...looking forward for it,,hope its not like his latest movie paiyyaBig smile The songs are okay and excited to see how his chemistry works with KajalEmbarrassed

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Thanks Aishu, have trouble withthe like button Confused Melz you didn't like Paiyya Shocked It was a nice movie mo. Is this one already released? Looking forward for it Embarrassed
Here is another one I found
Naan Mahaan Alla is a thriller which revolves around the relationship between a rich father and his son. Karthik Sivakumar and Kajal Aggarwal in lead.The heart of the film is about the bonding of a serious father and a romantic son, laced with the criminal backdrops of Chennai.

Karthi plays the role of Jeeva, a typical middle-class Chennai youngster with a devil-may-care attitude, who is drawn into the world of crime and criminals after a particular incident changes his life. Jayaprakash after his superb performances in 'Pasanga' and 'Naadodigal', plays the role of Karthi's father.

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Posted: 23 August 2010 at 6:12pm | IP Logged
I love Kajal! Thanks for the review :)
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Posted: 26 August 2010 at 6:54am | IP Logged

Thanks for the reviews. It's looking good for Karthi and I liked ALL his previous films. Paiyya wasn't bad -songs and K & T were fantastic!

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Thank you so much for the review., Aishu.. I will watch Karthi's movie in theater nxt week. Big fan of Karthi and I also like Kajal Agarwal
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Posted: 13 September 2010 at 4:24am | IP Logged
Finally managed to watch it.. and I think it was only mediocre.. The first part was v sweet and funny.. the cute scenes between Kajal and Karthi were a treat to watch and their chemistry was gr8! But the 2nd part was a lil disintegrated from the first.. there was really not much connection and Kajal wasn't even shown on the 2nd.. hmmmm overall ok movie...! Smile

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he thanks for the review.......
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